Pivot - Unifying (1/2)
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
…for whoever is not against us is for us.
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.
- “State of being undivided; having oneness; a condition of harmony.” (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
- “…being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” (Phil 2:2)
God blesses unity.
Unity reflects the character of God.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:12)
Listen and learn. (James 1:19)
There is always a log. (Matthew 7:3)
- What are we for?
- How can I help?
- Who can we serve?
Questions for Reflection/Discussion
- Is it easier for you to find common ground or notice differences? Why do you think that is?
- What are some things that need to be true about us in order for us to “be one” as Jesus and God the Father are one?
- Can you think of other ways that unity reflects the character of God?
- Which of the attitudes or actions that move us toward unity come the most naturally to you? Which presents the greatest challenge?
- Have you experienced serving to be a unifying experience? If so, share your experience.